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Edgar Allen Poe is a very prominent example of a gothic and romantic author He is classified as a romantic author because he focuses on the emotional side of his stories not the intellectual side Romantic authors feel that facts have no place in art and simply want you to feel how the character feels Poes work can also be called gothic Gothic literature often includes a very sensitive hero who would not be able to fit into the outside world Another characteristic of gothic work is that the characters typically have psychic abilities Typical gothic art will also include something pertaining to life after death A perfect example of a Poe character who displays both gothic and romantic characteristics is the narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart One of the main characteristics of romanticism that is shown in this short story is the favoring of the emotions over the facts In The Tell- Tale Heart we know every emotion the character is feeling We know how the narrator loved the old man very dearly how he despised the mans eye and even how calm he was when he was committing the murder But with all of the knowledge that we have of the narrators emotions we do not know his name where he is or even who he is in relation to the old man For these reasons it is obvious that this story indeed favors emotions over facts A common element of gothic literature is that the narrators are often very sensitive and would not be able to fit into an outside world The narrator from The Tell- Tale Heart was so vexed by the mans eye that he made up his mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid himself of the eye foreverParagraph 2 The narrator murders the old man simply because he does
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